Surfing’s official induction as an Olympic event has been rife with controversy. Central to arguments against are questions about the viability of surfing in landlocked countries that hope to host the Games – and in some cases open questions about whether or not Japan has waves (for the record, they do). The ISA was instrumental […]
Mick Fanning already has his hand up to coach when surfing makes its Olympic debut in 2020 after the sport was added to the Tokyo program, along with skateboarding, sports climbing, karate, baseball and softball.
Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally included surfing as a gold medal sport in the Sports Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
“We are delighted that Surfing will take place on natural waves if it is admitted to the Tokyo 2020 Sports Programme. Surfing is hugely popular in Japan and the country has hosted many national and international competitions in a number of beautiful ocean locations. There are some great and thriving beach-based Surfing hotspots to choose from which would be ideal for Olympic Surfing.
Rio’s sewage-filled waters are not only a problem for next year’s Olympics. Organizers of Brazil’s stop on the World Surf League hope to move their event from a beach at Barra da Tijuca to a clean beach further west.
The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee announced that it approved surfing for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo games. This doesn’t mean that surfing is officially in yet, just that the Tokyo games organizers have recommended its addition, along with four other sports — baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, and skateboarding. The surfing portion would be shortboard only, and have 40 participants, 20 male and 20 female.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has welcomed the decision by Tokyo 2020 to place Surfing on the shortlist of additional events for inclusion on the Sports Programme at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Sports such as skateboarding and surfing will have their chance to impress the International Olympic Committee later this year as they push to be included at the 2020 Tokyo Games.